Back when I was struggling to get ahead in life, I spent most of my hard-earned money on supplements, diet foods & guides and “how to…” audio books.
While I’m still indulging my love for audio books I’ve managed to eliminate the faddy diet foods & guides.
Remembering back to those faddy days I recall one annoying phrase I heard over and over again: “That diet really worked for me, I just know it will work for you too!”
The worst part of the above statement is that it’s often spoken from the lips of a A-list celebrity endorsing one of these lame and often damaging diets.
Grinning smugly from the cover of the latest celebrity or lifestyle magazine; these so called A-lister celebs look like the picture of healthy perfection, but after closer inspection I realised that a lot of these men and women are literally weak/unfit and are often digitally enhanced/Photoshopped to unrealistic proportions. No wonder many young people in society today are suffering from body-image issues and low self-esteem!
After 8 years of working in the fitness industry and being intensively coached by some of the world-leading sports and lifestyle coaches from around the globe, (who live and breathe what they preach!). I realised that to actually have happiness and peace of mind with oneself we have to tailor training programs for a person’s specific needs and body shape, rather than going by the ‘one size fits all’ approach.
For example: for women over 35 years of age and who are of classic ‘pear shape’ body shape and often experience problems in the lower body; which sees them carrying excess weight on their hips, thighs and buttocks.
If this sounds familiar to you then please keep reading… for a pear shape to effectively get fitter and lose fat fast, you’ll need to indulge in the below multiple training styles:
(Please note: you’ll notice I did not say anything about pounding away on a treadmill for hours!)
Density: Even if you don’t have high oestrogen levels, density training is one of the best fat busting workouts on the face of the earth.
Strength: training will improve your strength and help you to a lean body mass, ensuring that you don’t gain weight later.
Don’t believe losing that lower portion of body weight is a hardship; after all I managed to get rid of mine! Here are some of the best exercises I have used to reduce fat on my hips and butt:
- Wide-stance dumbell squats
- Dumbell push press
- Inverted row or pull ups
- Alternating reverse lunges
- Plank (hold position for a long as you can)
- Squat to side kick
- One leg Romanian deadlift with dumbells or kettle weights
- Finish off with bicycle crunches